The single most important gift of art in our nation's history came from the Kress Collection. From this gift, the Fine Arts Museums received a superb selection of Old Master paintings, making its holdings a "mini–National Gallery."
Florence Gould Theater
Andrew F. Stewart is professor of ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Heidi Saleh is an instructor in Art History for Santa Rosa Junior College.
Claude Lorrain's beautiful paintings and drawings responded to the topography and atmospheric effects of the Roman countryside. One of the most inventive artists of the 17th century, he established a new landscape style that remained influential well into the 19th century.
Martin Chapman is curator in charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Renée Dreyfus is the curator in charge of ancient art and interpretation at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
This single-gallery installation features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes by Henri Matisse from the internationally acclaimed collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, joined by four important paintings and drawings from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums. The exhibition traces four decades of Matisse's career, from a still life inspired by Paul Cézanne to his richly patterned depictions of interiors.